What does the Picture say about “damaged” Environment?

Today is World Environment Day: a day set aside to deliberate and raise awareness on issues concerning our environment.

To demonstrate how much our life depends on the environment, I sort out a picture taken at the turn of the last century in which town folks of the Japanese island of Miyakejima, faced the option of either evacuating or wearing gas masks to survive the toxic air resulting from continuous volcanic eruptions.

The folks chose the masks, hence the ‘ghostly’ multitude in the photograph above.